Here’s a principle you can live your life by.
Think about it.Read More
Here’s a principle you can live your life by.
Think about it.Read More
If you’ve never seen one of these before, it’s a cow barrier.
This small grate is the only thing standing between herds of cattle and a world of freedom.
I understand that a cow can’t really jump over the moon, but it’s pretty hard to believe that a cow would be physically incapable of taking a leap of faith to cross this 2 foot grid.
In reality they are simply scared of crossing it.
Looking at one of these made me think about how many people I see that are being held within their own mediocre situation by some simple, insignificant barrier.
If anything about your life isn’t the way you want it, chances are there is a small barrier that you need to cross. Sometimes they have been there so long that you don’t even notice them anymore, but it’s still holding you in your current pasture.
Take a few minutes to identify your barrier.
Then go ahead and cross it, just to see what’s on the other side.Read More
I recently heard reference to a university study of cat behavior that showed that cats stretch between 150-250 times per day.
What the heck does this have to do with you?
This is interesting because numerous studies in humans have shown that stretching reduces the incidence of a bunch of problems including: arthritis, osteoporosis, loss of mobility, low energy, even depression and low self-esteem.
The background reference also indicates that cats have low rates of aging complications and tend to retain their strength, mobility, and energy through middle/advanced ages better than many other mammalian species.
Would you like to retain or improve your levels of strength, mobility and energy as you advance in age?
If you’ve ever watched "fluffy" for any period of time you may have noticed that he stops to move his joints through a full range of motion nearly every time he gets up. Either stretching out through the paws or arching and extending his back, yawning.
He never takes a break for 15 minutes of stretching, but he moves every joint in his body at some point in the day without too much extra effort.
Give the cat’s method of stretching a shot. You don’t have to schedule it in, or sign up for a class. Just think about it and start today.
Every time you get up today (or any time you think about it) move an area of your body through it’s full range of motion. This could be as simple as a couple of head tilts or full extension of your arms and hands. Simple movements could easily add up to 100+ times a day.
Without too much effort you will find yourself with more energy, greater mobility and a significantly reduced chance of injury.Read More
Why do so many avid runners end up injured from this activity that they love so much?
This has been a question that I have been content to answer with something as simple as "don’t run". I really haven’t been much of a fan of running as a form of exercise given the number of injuries I’ve seen as a direct result of distance running.
Lately I’ve been thinking more about running….. There has to be a better way.
If the human body was designed to run, then we should be able to do it without getting injured.
The thought started when I looked at a picture of an American ultra-marathon runner in stride next to a Mexican Indian runner. I noticed that the American was wearing cushioned running shoes with his heel ready to hit the ground. The Mexican, in contrast, was wearing sandals (nothing more than leather soles tied to his feet)and in his very relaxed stride his foot was poised to strike the ground on his forefoot.
Which one was more efficient?
I found that there is a small movement of runners and scientists that are advocating a forefoot running style. The most prevalent of the bunch seems to be Dr. Nicolas Romanov’s "Pose Method""forefoot running"
My initial opinion is that the forefoot technique is a far better option for the body.
One of the best indicators in my mind is to take a look at the shoes:
A typical heel strike runner needs a heavily cushioned shoe that absorbs the shock of each stride and supports the muscles, joints and tendons of the foot.
The flatter,very flexible, lightly cushioned shoe of a forefoot runner (think of track shoes), allow the muscles, and joints of the foot to dissipate force and manage the load of each stride, utilizing the appropriate amount of muscle activation throughout the kinetic chain to actually adapt to the activity.
Bottom line, the foot works the way it was designed in conjunction with the body in a forefoot stride, while a heel strike stride utilizes the compensations of a shoe to make distance running possible.
As I have been playing with this myself, something else about a forefoot running technique that I have noticed….. It’s going to take more time to adapt to running long distances. The small muscles in the feet and lower legs need to be strengthened and thus, won’t allow for putting in much more distance than you are ready for. This more gradual addition of volume should prove more appropriate for the body and keep the process injury free.
Perhaps we simply need to take the time to learn the right way for each of our bodies to run. Running is one of the few activities that we tend to be pushed into practicing with more and more volume over a lifetime, without ever getting any coaching or instruction on doing it right. Practice does not necessarily make perfect.
This may be more of a question than an answer at this point, but take some time to think about it. There may be a way to run for a lifetime without pain or injury.
Let me know what you think.Read More
Take time today to appreciate the opportunities and freedom that you have available to you.
"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles… but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
Continuing to be dependent on the past or the future, we cannot fully recognize the independence we have worked so hard to attain.
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CHICAGO — Is it OK for doctors and parents to tell children and teens they’re fat? That seems to be at the heart of a debate over whether to replace the fuzzy language favored by the U.S. government with the painful truth — telling kids if they’re obese or overweight. Read the Full Article Here
This is getting out of control… I am very particular about the words we use and the ways in which they effect our quality of life. But, the use of more "politically correct" words to soften a serious situation or spare the feelings of someone that has put himself in that bad situation, is not solving anything.
Obesity is a problem. It’s not too many years ago that activists fought to classify obesity as a disease. The good news about this disease is that it has a number of very effective treatments and cures.
Have you ever heard arguments over weather to tell kids they have cancer? "Maybe we shouldn’t call it cancer, because cancer sounds like a mean word" It’s ridiculous!
If someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are told honestly, given treatment options and then, in most cases, fight like hell to beat the disease.
Obesity should be dealt with in exactly the same way. If it’s a disease, it should be diagnosed honestly, treatment options clearly explained and then fight like hell to get better.
Here’s the big difference: If you’re diagnosed with cancer and sit around feeling sorry for yourself, you usually get painfully sick and die fairly quickly.
If you’re diagnosed with obesity and sit around feeling sorry for yourself, you can continue to live a relatively normal life until you develop other problems as a result of the obesity, which may be years down the road.
In terms of diseases, obesity is a pretty good deal. If it were approached like any other disease and fought with real commitment, it can be cured and many of it’s adverse affects can actually be reversed.
We really need to stop tip toeing around this obesity epidemic and start treating it like the problem that it is. Let’s be honest about it and fight like hell to make ourselves and our kids better.Read More
My wife and I went out to play golf this morning. We both tee’d off and hit shots that had less than desirable results. Since we didn’t get to the course in time to warm up, we both decided to take a "mulligan" and hit another ball off the tee.
We arrive at our playable balls in the fairway, when a woman drives up to us in her cart and exclaims "if you guys are going to be taking practice shots, then we are going to catch up to you and be "pushing" you, when that happens you will need to let us play through." (we were playing as a twosome and they were two couples playing as a foursome, which under almost any circumstance would make their play take longer. There was also a group directly ahead of us.)
Of course there is nothing wrong with asking a slower golfer ahead of you to let you play through, but the fact that she had made an assumption that we would be slowing their round and made the effort to voice her concerns in such a condescending manner, made me think…..
What benefit do any of us have in assuming a problem and spending time or effort to solve it before it materializes?
At that point the only thing you have done is put yourself in a mindset to look for problems.
If the problem never happens you have wasted your time and energy, and perhaps you have involved someone else in your negative views.
Have you ever noticed that as soon as you start consciously looking for something, you see it everywhere? Like that new car that you have "never" seen before, suddenly you see them all over town.
If you spend your time looking for problems, you will most certainly find them.
Given this choice, I suggest that you invest your time looking forward to more positive outcomes.
Remember, you tend to find what you pay attention to. With a positive focus you are far less likely to find yourself with problems at all. If you do run into something problematic, you will have the ability to quickly find a positive solution and move forward effectively.
Focus on what you want!
You will be much more likely to end up with exactly what you want, and you will certainly be living you life with much less wasted time and energy.Read More